About Us Extra Space
Find Coverage


WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition

Next WVHK&FC Meetings:

October 1
Free and Low Cost Health Care Programs Training Session

John XXIII Pastoral Center

October 15
Steering Committee

Simplification/Coordination Committee

2003 Quarrier Street, East

November 12
Steering Committee
2003 Quarrier Street, East

Contact us:

2003 Quarrier St.
East Charleston, WV 25311
(304) 345-6349
(304) 345-6620-fax

Renate E. Pore
(304) 345-6349

Julie Greathouse
(304) 345-6349

We’re on the Web!







September 2003

National Rural Health Association Joins Back-to-School Effort

As families get their children ready for a successful school year, the National Rural Health Association is pleased to join leading health experts and other organizations to encourage parents of uninsured children to apply for health care coverage through Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) as part of the Covering Kids program.
"All children deserve to be healthy and ready to learn when they arrive for the first day of school," NRHA President Wayne Myers, MD said. "This program helps ensure each child, regardless of their demographics, will have access to health insurance and the health services they need."
"Since nearly 24 percent of rural children live in poverty, I am hopeful this program will help bring health coverage to our rural families who need it most," Myers said.
The NRHA is a national partner of the Covering Kids & Families initiative.
The NRHA is a national nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and to provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. The NRHA membership is made up of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations.

CHIP Enrollment Peaks at 22,000

In September 2003, the WVCHIP reached its highest enrollment level to date with 22,000 children enrolled. Medicaid has also been very successful in the number of children enrolled in September. "The numbers are most likely a reflection of the state’s weak economy and the increasing costs of private coverage," according to Renate Pore, co-chair of the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition. They also reflect the good work that the Coalition’s community partners are doing in reaching out to children and families and improved understanding of the program in local offices of the Department of Health and Human Resources.

WVCHIP Receives Additional $18 Million

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare have awarded the West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program an additional $18 million to be spent on children’s health coverage during the federal fiscal year 2004. These dollars are in addition to the state’s regular SCHIP allotment for FY 2004. These additional dollars help to assure the fiscal soundness of the WVCHIP into the future.

Mark your Calendars Now for February 18, 2020!

We invite you to join child advocates from around the state at the West Virginia State Capitol to rally, advocate, and problem-solve on behalf of all of West Virginia’s children! For more information, please contact the Coalition for West Virginia’s Children at (304) 342-6972 or visit www.coalitionwvchildren.org.

Phone: 304-345-6349
Fax: 304-345-6620
Email: renatepore@wvhealthykids.org


Coalition Membership Drive

The WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition is working actively to expand its membership base. Anyone, who wants to be a voice for health care and children's health in particular, should join. Membership costs nothing. You can join as an individual member or as an organizational representative. Membership includes a monthly newsletter, quarterly membership meetings, and invitations to special events.

Some of our current members include the WV Hospital Association, State Primary Care Association, Council of Churches, Community Voices Partnership, Coalition for West Virginia Children, Columbia Gas Transmission Co and many others.

We are also working hard to expand our community partnerships. Some of our current community partners include United Way of Central West Virginia, Parents as Teachers Program, Nicholas County Starting Points Center, Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center and many others.

If you want to know more about the Coalition's goals, check out the web site at

To join, contact Renate E Pore at
or 304-346-8815.

The WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition will be conducting an all day training session on free and low-cost health care programs on October 1, 2020 at the John XXIII Pastoral Center in Charleston.

If you are interested in attending, please register by calling (304) 345-6349 or by e-mail at jdg_outreach@hotmail.com

WVHKFC Training Opportunity– Oct. 1

Helping Families: A Primer on Free and Low Cost Health Care Programs
Wednesday, October 1, 2020
John XXIII Center
Dining Rooms A & B
Hodges Road
Charleston, WV

Sponsored By:
West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition

Purpose: To provide information about free or low-cost health care services to families, outreach workers, community workers, and health care providers.


10:00--10:10 a.m.
Welcome and Overview of the Day
Renate Pore, Co-Chair, WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition

Medication Assistance Programs
Julie Greathouse-Coordinator, WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition
Brian Cunningham, Project Director, WV Primary Care Association

Free Health Clinics
Pat White (Invited), Executive Director, HealthRight, Charleston

Hospital Charity Care Programs
Mike Robbins, Vice President, WV Hospital Association

Programs in the Division of Maternal and Child Health, Bureau for Public Health, WVDHHR
Pat Moss, Director, Office of Maternal, Children and Family Health

Closing the Gap: Insuring the Uninsured in West Virginia
Sonia Chambers, Chair, WV Health Care Authority and Co-Chair, Health Advisory Group

Partners Community Access Program by Partners in Health Network
Craig Robinson, Director Partners CAP

Medicaid Programs and Changes
Nancy Atkins, Commissioner, Bureau for Medical Services

Children’s Health Insurance Program
Sharon L. Carte, Director, CHIP

Wrap-up and Evaluation
Nancy Tolliver, Co-Chair
WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition



About Us | Find Coverage | Calendar of Events | Newsletter | Downloads | Data | Discussion Forum | Links | Home

This site has been visited times.

Contact the webmaster with comments or questions about this site

Copyright 2004 - West Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition
Original site design by Mountainside Media